Brigham Young University will help promote gang prevention by hosting a two-day Gang Awareness Conference March 10-11.

Anyone may attend the sessions in the BYU Conference Center. Admission is $32 for the full conference, $20 for Friday only (1 to 7:30 p.m.), and $25 for Saturday only (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.). For more information or to receive registration materials, call 378-4853."Drive-by shootings, stabbings, graffiti, drugs, crime - you name it and it's probably gang-related," said Robert Hales, a BYU Conferences and Workshops administrator.

To help counter these problems, specialists in gangs, sociology, criminal justice, family science and related fields will speak at the conference.

"Individuals who attend will be better able to recognize signs and symptoms of gangs and will learn intervention strategies for youth at risk, the power of collaboration, ways of teaching children about peace and much, much more," Hales said.

Lieutenant Governor Olene S. Walker will be the keynote speaker. Isileli Tausinga, the senior detective for the Salt Lake Metro Gang Unit, will be the keynote speaker.